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Container ship still burning, Thai sailor critical

IANS  |  Mumbai 

A container ship off the in the continued to burn after more than 36 hours on Thursday, even as the condition of a rescued Thai is reported to be "critical", an said here.

The (ICG) has deployed a high speed interceptor boat from to pick up and rush the Thai crewman to a hospital on Thursday.

Late on Tuesday, following a massive explosion, a fire broke out on the Singapore-flagged vessel, Honam, carrying a cargo of en route to Suez in Egypt, an ICG said.

Since Wednesday, of the 27 crew members, including 13 Indians, 24 have been rescued. The Thai national, rescued by a foreign merchant vessel MV A.L.S. Ceres, has been in a serious condition.

The rescued sailors were en route to Thiruvananthapuram, around 90 nautical miles from the

Four more, including an Indian sailor, are still missing and a with helicopters and an aircraft has been undertaken to trace them.

The ICG said that the intensity of the blaze, with flames leaping more than 25 metres into the air, was so strong that the high temperature has melted many of the containers on board.

A special fire fighting vessel, ICG Shoor has already reached the Honam and begun efforts to control the conflagration from which thick toxic fumes were emanating.

The ICG teams found some empty lifeboats floating in the vicinity but no sign of the missing crewmen so far.

The explosion and fire rocked the Honam, a 353m long and 54m wide ship carrying 7,860 containers around 1,300 km off the west of Kochi in Kerala, near the in the Lakshadweep Islands, off the south-

Shortly thereafter, the crew had abandoned the Honam as the blaze went out of control and were rescued by MV A.L.S. Ceres after a few hours.



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First Published: Thu, March 08 2018. 14:32 IST